CENTRAL VALLEY - The magic number is now 1 for Manteca High's tennis team.
SONORA - After 19 outs, Sierra High's sophomore softball team was two more away from dropping a disheartening 4-0 loss to Sonora, a team the Timberwolves previously beat by double digits.
Over the past two months, the Sonora Wildcats have only been beaten twice, but one trip to Manteca and now the Wildcats have lost their grasp on the Valley Oak League's top spot after being swept by the Manteca Buffaloes 5-4 and 13-1 Saturday.
East Union found themselves intertwined in a pitchers dual, but the advantage ended up going to the Central Valley Hawks in their 3-0 Valley Oak League win over the Lancers Saturday.
Sierra High's swimming team ended the Valley Oak League regular season with a bang, producing a pair of victories over host rival Manteca Friday.
RIPON - Ripon Christian's pitching depth has it in the thick of the Trans Valley League title hunt.
Sometimes all it takes in baseball to change the course of the game is a single swing of the bat.
WESTON RANCH – When the Weston Ranch Cougars opened their half of the seventh inning grabbing a Valley Oak League win seemed slim, but a ferocious last-inning comeback pushed Weston Ranch to a 6-5 come-from-behind win Friday.
RIPON - The next time Ripon High's soccer team meets Escalon and Hughson, it should have its fourth straight Trans Valley League championship already clinched.
The Manteca Buffaloes answered the first bell when they snatched the lead with a two-run third inning, but a pair of two-out RBI Ceres hits in the fifth provided the difference in a 5-2 Bulldog Valley Oak League win over the Buffaloes Friday at Manteca High.
STOCKTON – Tyler Scharnow's lights-out performance from the mound helped Weston Ranch shut down the Lathrop offense and cruise to a 14-2 five-inning victory Friday in a Valley Oak League makeup game.
FAIR OAKS - It was the distance runner's time to shine Friday for Sierra High's track and field team.
CERES – Sierra High scored three runs in the top half of the seventh and held Ceres High scoreless in its final at bat for a come-from-behind 7-6 win Friday in Valley Oak League action.
Sierra High shored up city bragging rights by beating rival host East Union 4-2 at Dino Cunial Field Thursday, but the third horse in town, Manteca, still has the upper hand in the Valley Oak League title race.
CERES – The Manteca Buffaloes made sure not to allow their recent Valley Oak League defeat to have any lingering effect, blowing past the Central Valley Hawks, 6-1, for their third consecutive win since a 3-0 loss to Sierra High April 15.
Sierra was playing its seventh game in as many days Monday.
Shannon Wesley led a balanced attack with nine kills, and Emily O'Brien anchored Ripon's defensive effort as the Indians coasted past visiting Sierra 25-16, 25-7, 25-15 in a nonleague match Monday.
No one drew a tougher assignment to start the Valley Oak League boys soccer season than Manteca.
McKenna Doyle became the third different low medalist of the season for Sierra in the team's fourth Valley Oak League match Monday.
The Valley Oak League uses a points-based system to determine its MVP.
Manteca registered its second 9-0 win of the week Thursday when it shut out visiting East Union in Valley Oak League action.
Francisco Cisneros summed up Weston Ranch's final nonleague match of the season in one word:
Los Banos checked into its nonleague match with visiting East Union holding a deceiving 4-6 record.
Jack Miller recently retired from Manteca High, where the History teacher spent more than 30 years as an assistant coach with the football team. Miller was a part of four Sac-Joaquin Section championship teams and was twice voted Best of Manteca's Best Local Coach. Now City of Manteca Hall of Famer pays close attention to his yards, his golf game and granddaughter.
The Manteca High boys soccer team took full advantage of its first practice in nearly a week.
Ripon Christian laughs last.
RIPON - The hole was just too deep for Ripon's volleyball team to climb out of.
East Union's grueling opening week of the season may have done it some good.
Sierra's girls golf team opened the Valley Oak League with a statement Tuesday at Dryden Park Golf Course in Modesto.
East Union's 8-1 victory, its first of the Valley Oak League season, looks one-sided at the surface, but visiting Lathrop made the Lancers work for it on Tuesday.